Get wisdom, get understanding; Forget not, neither decline from the words of my mouth;
Forsake her not, and she will preserve thee; Love her, and she will keep thee.
Wisdom [is] the principal thing; [Therefore] get wisdom; Yea, with all thy getting get understanding.
Exalt her, and she will promote thee; She will bring thee to honor, when thou dost embrace her.
She will give to thy head a chaplet of grace; A crown of beauty will she deliver to thee.
Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; And the years of thy life shall be many.
I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in paths of uprightness.
When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; And if thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.
Take fast hold of instruction; Let her not go: Keep her; For she is thy life.
Enter not into the path of the wicked, And walk not in the way of evil men.
Avoid it, pass not by it; Turn from it, and pass on.